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Song of Lahore (2015)

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The ancient city of Lahore was once the center of Pakistan’s thriving film-music recording industry, but that came to an end in the late 1970s under the conservative Islamist rule of General Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. Under the repressive regime, entire families of musicians suddenly found themselves unemployable and the art form they had built their lives around banned. They were forced to meet behind closed doors, quietly continuing the centuries-old practice of passing down ancient musical traditions from one generation to the next. In 2004, with government restrictions against music easing, businessman Izzat Majeed founded the Sachal Studios Orchestra and encouraged the group to combine classical Pakistani instruments and techniques with the American jazz he had fallen in love with in the 1950s. Their innovative versions of jazz standards, most notably Dave Brubeck’s iconic “Take Five,” made the orchestra a surprise Internet phenomenon, earning international acclaim and an invitation to perform at Lincoln Center with jazz great Wynton Marsalis and his band. Obaid-Chinoy and Schocken follow the ensemble on an inspiring journey as they struggle to adapt to the unfamiliar strictures of Western music and restore Pakistan’s venerable musical traditions.


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Movie Details

Domestic Releases: November 13th, 2015 (Limited) by Broad Green Pictures
MPAA Rating: PG for thematic elements, some violent images and smoking.
(Rating bulletin 2396, 10/21/2015)
Running Time: 82 minutes
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Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Ravi Films, Impact Partners
Production Countries: Pakistan,
United States


Nijat Ali    Himself/Conductor
Nafees Khan    Himself/Sitar
Baqar Abbas    Himself/Flute
Ballu Khan    Himself/Tabla
Rafiq Ahmed    Himself/Naal
Najaf Ali    Himself/Dholak, Mardang
Asad Ali    Himself/Guitar
Wynton Marsalis    Himself
Izzat Majeed    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Producer    Andy Schocken
Executive Producer    Geralyn White Dreyfous
Executive Producer    Natalie Massenet
Executive Producer    Dan Cogan
Executive Producer    Wasif Arshad
Executive Producer    Guy Oseary
Executive Producer    Vijay Vaidyanathan

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